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A Woodblock Print by Hiroshige - New Fuji, Meguro

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A Woodblock Print by Hiroshige - New Fuji, Meguro
A woodblock print by Hirshogi from his series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo". This is an early woodblock print from the series,# 24 and printed in 1857, and entitled Meguro, Shin-Fuji - New Fuji, Meguro. Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the most famous of the ukiyo-e print. This print shows a distant view of Mt. Fuji as viewed from Meguro.

We purchased this print many years ago at a notable print shop in San Francisco, Kubotoya. The owner told us that the print shows a small scale copy of Fuji-san that was built of earth so that those who could not make the trip to Fuji and climb the real thing - whether because of age or cost - could at least climb a smaller replica in Meguro. The season is clearly that of April- May when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. A lovely print with an interesting motif.

The print is standard oban size but has the margins trimmed to the image - very good condition with no marks, tears or foxing. We believe it to be an early print - but not the original strike - probably made in the late 1800s.

Legend has it that Hiroshige determined to become a ukiyo-e artist when he saw the prints of his near-contemporary, Hokusai (Hokusai published some of his greatest prints, such as Thirty six views of Mount Fuji, in 1832.

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